The Garnet Dagger

The Garnet Dagger

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by Andrea R. Cooper
     
 

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the lifeessence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her

Overview

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the lifeessence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440565595
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
07/29/2013
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

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The Garnet Dagger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story. I loved the detailed description and mystery in it. If you like fantasy and magic with some romance along the way it's a good read. I'd like to read more from this author.
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ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
I think this is the first time I've read a book where the vampire was Elvin, and it definitely made for a refreshing change. Brock had a curiosity for humans and after coming across a vampire one day whilst exploring he finds himself cursed, with just the words of a prophesy to help save him. Out casted from Elvin lands, he sets off to find the witch that will help end the curse, but twisted fate intervenes when they fall in love. Very well written, I loved how the author built the world up slowly. With the descriptive nature, it was easy to visualise everything as it happened and I got completely pulled in to the story. The ending was very cleverly worked out and I definitely hadn't seen it coming, which just made it that much better. Very entertaining to read, this was more than the typical paranormal romance and I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of such. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I enjoy reading a lot of fantasy (though I haven’t read some in a while) and I think I’ve found a new author to pursue. This story was so fast-paced, it kept the action coming and kept me on the edge of my seat. I love a book that put a new spin on the familiar favourites and this book had a spin I’ve never seen before. A vampire elf? I’ve never seen that before. I was a little bit apprehensive at first, because unless it was something out of The Vampire Diaries with hybrids, then I really couldn’t see it working. But once the explanation is clear, it all makes sense and it forms a story that is bizarre, eccentric, but so, so, good. Cooper manages to weave a magical world that comes to life in your brain. Her story and writing gave me goosebumps on so many levels. When you throw a vampire elf, a witch and a quest together, the story starts to brew into a fantasy novel that is off the charts. I think the only thing I didn’t like was the ending. It ended to fast and left me hanging, but here’s hoping we’ll get a second book soon.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This is an intensely heartfelt novel.  Cooper combines the supernatural with real emotions to create something beyond compare.  This author paints a vivid picture of the world that she has created.  As a reader you’re drawn in and have no desire to escape.  It was so intriguing to see the prophecy intertwining with reality in this remarkable tale.  It was breathtaking at times. The characters in this novel were also uniquely developed.  As a reader you get to know them as they get to know each other and themselves.  The stark contrast between the personalities and beliefs of the various characters added to the aura of the tale.  I also got really caught up in the writing style that Cooper uses for this tale.  By writing this as a first person narrative Cooper gives you a direct link to the main character.  I found myself thinking like him, and using his speech & thought patterns.   As a whole, Cooper takes the fantasy storyline and runs in the opposite direction to create a breathtaking work of art.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Garnet Dagger tells the story of Brock, whose curiosity lands him in a heap of trouble when a vampire bites him and he changes. His transformation into a creature of death, heralds the beginning of the end for him and his people. But all is not quite lost yet, because there is a prophecy that says there is a way to stop the never ending winter that's coming. Determined, he sets off seeking the witch of the prophecy. What follows was one of the cutest Elvin stories I have read in a long while. Brock was an interesting character. He's young, very curious about humanity, and willing to bend the rules to satisfy he curiosity, yet when bad things happen, he is determined to set things right. Even if it means hunting someone down and killing them. I rather enjoyed following the story while in his head, he amused me with his inner dialog. Brock had the right blend of quirky, loveable guy and bad-ass, will kick your bum hero material, to balance out his flaws. ' Celeste is just plain awesome. She's been through some tough s**t, and yet, she's taken her battle scars and tossed them back at the world. She's tough, resourceful, and isn't about to let a pretty face get everything he wants. Nope. I loved it when the heroine in the novel is a fighter. It's inspiring to read about a character who isn't going to follow the traditional roles, and who isn't going to fall into the stereotype of a damsel in distress. The story itself spanned quite a few weeks of searching and bonding, leading up to a dun-dun-dun battle. The author does a good job passing the time and turning their relationship into something believable. Normally this is one of my biggest pet peeves with books. I dislike long spans of time being tossed away. Not exactly sure why, it just bothers me. But the author did a good job at sneaking the days in there so that it didn't feel like it was full of long winded traveling or a book on fast forward. I liked watching the the two of them interact. They had chemistry, but it wasn't insta love. As they traveled and interacted with other people and faced their dangers, you got a sense of how their relationship was changing from an awkward, he wants to ditch her phase, into something deeper. The book ends with a set up for the sequel. So, you may be asking yourself, if there is one, will I read it? I'm curious about where the story is heading. A few different possible teasers enter into the conversation at the end and now I want to know more.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Magic, mystery, and dangerous enemies this book has all the ingredients for an exciting new romance. The setting was darkly beautiful and the imagery brought it to life. I really enjoyed the world building in this book and discovering all of its secrets. The rules and creatures in this world were very interesting and had me captivated, especially Brock. Brock was mysterious and had a lot of depth to him. He has been cursed to take the life of anyone he touches. I grew to love and care for this cha...more Magic, mystery, and dangerous enemies this book has all the ingredients for an exciting new romance. The setting was darkly beautiful and the imagery brought it to life. I really enjoyed the world building in this book and discovering all of its secrets. The rules and creatures in this world were very interesting and had me captivated, especially Brock. Brock was mysterious and had a lot of depth to him. He has been cursed to take the life of anyone he touches. I grew to love and care for this character, so I felt his pain when he finally had the cure so close, but so far away. He has really been through a lot and I admired his strength when things got tough. Most of all I admired how he could protect Celeste, even at the cost to himself. Celeste was a woman who knew what she wanted and went after it. It was amazing how resilient she was and how she was able to be so strong after being a prisoner for so long. I loved learning more about her and seeing her relationship with Brock blossom. They are so great together and you could really feel the chemistry between them. For an exciting new paranormal romance check out "The Garnet Dagger".
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
So the story starts out with Brock, who is an Elf, who is getting married to another elf, and life is pretty good. But his human curiosities turn into his biggest mistake. This story is one of those where when you have something bad happen to you, you shouldn’t give up everything, because sometimes it’s to give you something better than what you would have had before. This is the case. Brock gets cursed when he helps a “human” in distress, who is actually a vampire, who literally takes Brock’s entire life away. And then there’s the twist. This is going to make the whole story worth while because not all is as it seems. :)   Brock is a character that’s torn. He was raised in elf culture, which is kinda anti-human.  And when his vampire incident happens, not only is he kicked out of his home with the Elves, he’s also the only thing that will save his entire race, as well as maybe keep that race from killing him and everyone who knows him. He’s so mad at his curiosity that got him in this mess, but he’s also a little more prepared for his journey in the human world than someone else would have been. He has to find “THE” witch who will have the power to get rid of the curse, on him and his race. Ummm, I don’t think he expected to be attracted to said witch LOL Celeste is a little spitfire. I loved her! She is not what you expect from a woman in that culture, which was awesome. She’s not broken, regardless of the terrible things she’s endured. She’s amazing, and her horse is totally fantastic! She was tortured and locked up by the crazy monks who are torturing and killing folk who don’t fall into their “approved” categories. Those monks made me so mad, but Celeste still keeps going. She strong, she’s beautiful, she’s resourceful as all get out, and to top it off, she’s got a sense of humor.  The writing is very good, especially since it’s a female author writing in a male first person POV. That’s a hard thing to do. I didn’t have any second guesses that the author had any missteps. This story has mystery, paranormal, romance, crazy bad guys, amazing good guys, and some pretty interesting guys in between. I definitely enjoyed it and it was a very fun page turner. I like when things aren’t predictable, and that little curse and prophecy, HEH, totally blew my mind when I finally understood what it meant. VERY COOL! And it made the plot twist all that much more interesting. A wonderful 4.5 PAWS from me! 
westkayla1221 More than 1 year ago
Brock is an elf who is fascinated by humans. So much so, that he has observed them for many of his years and has learned much of their language and ways. But when he encounters one suddenly on his way back home from travelling to yet another human village, he cannot suspect the trouble that will come of their meeting. The human, much to Brock’s surprise, is a vampyre, and it seems that Brock’s life may soon be at an end when the vampyre begins to feed from him. However, something strange begins to happen. Because Brock is not human, the effects of the feeding are not the same. In fact, it seems that Brock is sucking the life out the vampyre. Neither knows what is going on until it is too late and the vampire lay dead. Brock arrives back home, still reeling from the shock of what happened. He decides to go on a private search for some answers, heading down into the vaults where only a select few have access. But the vaults hold only a cryptic message for Brock, and with the sudden appearance of his betrothed he searches for someone to confide in. But tragedy soon strikes, and the message finally becomes clear to Brock, bringing a monstrous reality in its wake. The fate of his people is in his hands, so with his sudden exile to the human lands, armed with a garnet dagger that will aid him in his quest, Brock goes on a search for the one person that could allow his people to survive. A witch. The Garnet Dagger was an interesting story to start, because I have never pictured the world of elves along with vampyres. It never occurred to me that these two concepts can go together so wonderfully, but they do. I commend the author on this. Throughout the story, I never felt a lack of substance, every word and sentence hooked me and made me want to read more. This book is definitely recommended for those who love fantasy, prophecies, elves, humans, witches, evil torturing monks…the whole she-bang.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
How often do you come across an Elvin Vampyre (vampire)? Not really often. That seems to cross that invisible line between fantasy and paranormal... yeah a lot of paranormal writers will bring in the fantasy elements, but you don't frequently find a mixing of the two genres in the main character- well, that changes here. Andrea has taken the two concepts, the vampire and the elf and merged them into a sexy, determined, Elvin Vampyre named Brock. Now, before you sneer because how could you possibly merge two genres like that... hear me out. The book is really well written and I can promise you, you won't be focused on the whole fantasy/paranormal norms when you read this book. It's one of those books with the epic destiny of a fantasy book, but the raptured reader of a paranormal one. If you like star crossed lovers, vampires, elves, curses, destiny, and a general good read, then this is a good book for you to stink your teeth into.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Andrea R. Cooper’s debut novel, The Garnet Dagger, is an enthralling paranormal romance with strong elements of fantasy too. The author does a masterful job of building her own unique world where elves, witches, demons and dragons are the norm. Using first person point of view, Cooper tells this dramatic story through the eyes of Brock Rashwe an Elvin. After being bitten by a vampire, Brock transforms into the Reaper of Death. Unfortunately, Brock is unaware of this change until he accidently kills his fiancé, Liana, when kissing her. Because of a prophecy, Brock is banished from his home so he can hunt for the witch whose touch changes the color of the stone in the garnet dagger. When he finds and kills her, Brock will free himself from his curse and save his people too. Struggling with being partially evil and the cause of Liana’s death, Brock frequently thinks about Liana while on this quest. This remembrance drew me to his character’s compassion. When Brock is captured and tortured by the monks, Celeste, a witch, saves him. Brock is disappointed when Celeste’s hands do not change the stone’s color in the dagger since he is so anxious to find the right witch. On the run from the monks, Brock and Celeste get to know each other. Celeste is smart, strong, and stubborn, and I absolutely adored her character. The witty banter between Brock and Celeste brought a many smiles to my face. Because Brock is afraid to touch her, their attraction to each other grows on an intellectual and emotional level. Brock faces a conundrum when he realizes he loves Celeste and she is the witch he needs to kill. Completely captivated by Brock and Celeste, I kept reading to discover how Cooper was going to resolve their relationship. I’m happy to say that I was overjoyed with her solution. Along with the romantic tension, Cooper meticulously builds a multilayer plot with lots of pulse-pounding action scenes. Successfully tying up the major plot points while leaving just enough unanswered questions, Cooper leaves the door wide open to return to her unique world again and again. The Garnet Dagger is an intriguing and thoroughly entertaining paranormal romance that is worth the read. I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
gymmom_027 More than 1 year ago
Brock is an Elvin with a liking for the human culture, curious creatures who capture his attention, and he's not really sure why. Marriage to Liana will put an end to his human wanderings. On one of his trips, he comes across a human desperate for help with the forest is dying around him. Brock doesn't want to stop, but feels he must offer help. When he does, he's attack by the creature who isn't human after all, but vampyre. Instead of taking Brock's life as was the creature's intention, Brock somehow manages to steal the vampyre's essence, turning Brock into the Vaer, both the curse of his people and their savior. He's banished from his land after accidentally taking Liana's life. He must search for, find, and kill the witch foretold in the ancient prophecies or suffer banishment, the loss of his father, and the forest with all his people. Celeste, a witch with healing powers attempts to help him, but is she the witch from the prophecies? And if she's the prophecised witch, how come she stirs his heart? Can he kill her if he must? The Garnet Dagger by Andrea Cooper is a paranormal romance filled with mystery of the Elvin way and magic. Brock doesn't understand the prophecies until it's too late, both for himself and Liana. Banished, he sets off to find the witch that can free him and his people. Celeste has been abused and used by the unholy monks, one in particular has a cruel streak, Father Morgan. When Brock ends up her cellmate, she saves him, but can he do the same for her? Or will he have to kill her, even as it breaks his heart? The Garnet Dagger is told in the first person POV, from Brock's perspective. It's hard writing in the male perspective, but Ms. Cooper pulls it off. It's even harder to write in the first person, everyone has their own style, but she manages to kept the story engaging. If you like stories that contain a bit of mysticism as well as a bit of romance, you're going to enjoy The Garnet Dagger. Brock encounters hardship after hardship, yet, by the end of the story, he has the prophecy figured out and it's not at all what you expected. An entertaining read from Ms. Cooper! Five out of five fairy kisses for this reader. I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
iacuttergirl More than 1 year ago
This isn't your typical paranormal romance. I'd call it more fantasy with a light romance thread. It was an engaging story, told from the point of view of Brock, our elf hero. He's been tainted by a vampyre and must find his and his people's salvation from the curse in a witch. Brock's quest takes him all over the known world until he chances upon the woman he seeks. But his quest is thwarted by blood thirsty monks and horrid creatures. Andrea Cooper's world building is vivid and carries a hint of the Lord of the Rings to it. The romance is not as strong as most romance readers would like, but I'm not like most romance readers as I enjoy books either way. The Garnet Dagger left off with the possibility of a sequel and it'll be interesting to see where Brock and his witch have gone. I was given an ARC in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author builds her story with vivid descriptions that transport the reader into into a magical world of danger and intrigue. The vampire's rancid breath burns like acid mist on the back of your neck as you fly with Brock from our world into his.  Andrea’s beautiful use of poetic and emotional imagery unfold the elusive faces of prophecy. Andrea Cooper paints a mirror image of history's misinterpretations in a fantasy world setting that speak to us from our own stain glassed fears. The virgin witch that Brock seeks is condemned by those whose religion is everything but "pure and undefiled".  Brock's struggles keep you reading longer than you wish to find out who and how the battles are won and lost.  There is much more to this story than fantasy. If you look deeply into the hearts of the characters you can see your own heart and the struggles you or someone you love have waged war with.
TraciDouglass More than 1 year ago
THE GARNET DAGGER, the debut novel by Andrea R. Cooper, is a fantasy excursion into a world filled with Elves and Witches and Magic. Told in first person, through the eyes of her cursed hero, Cooper weaves together the story of an ancient curse and the witch who seems destined to fulfill the prophecies. The narrative is cast with a deft hand and beautiful descriptions, even if they do become a bit overwhelming and distracting at times. The world Cooper builds is impressive and her characters are memorable, reminiscent to me of those found in Tolkien or Martin. THE GARNET DAGGER is an enjoyable meld of fantasy and romance and a must-read for those who love their romance with a healthy side of otherworldly adventure.
BookLoverBecky More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this romantic fantasy. The world was so richly drawn, I quickly forgot that I was reading about mystical creatures as I was swept into the unfolding drama!